Representative Edward 'Ed' Whitfield's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (KY) - District 1, Republican
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 1
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Ed Whitfield has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Ed Whitfield is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

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Vote Smart's Research

  • Ed Whitfield. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Ed Whitfield voted Nay on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. Issue Position: Family Values. 23 September 2011. "During my time in office, I have consistently supported legislation to reaffirm traditional values important to many families in Kentucky's First District. I have always supported legislation to protect the unborn and I oppose abortion as a means of on-demand birth control. In 2004, I voted for the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, which creates a separate federal offense for an unborn child when a pregnant mother is attacked or abused. This past year, I voted for the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act, which makes the transporting of a minor across state lines to evade parental abortion notification laws a federal offense." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. Whitfield Praises Passage of Parental Notification Bill. 26 September 2006. "Parental consent is required for a number of everyday activities, such as providing a child asprin, taking them on school field trips, or allowing them to participate in contact sports. The fact that people other than parents can secretly take children across state lines for abortions, without their parents even knowing about it, is absurd. Parents have a right to be involved in decisions that affect their children, especially a decision as serious as abortion. I was proud to support this legislation, and I hope that the Senate will follow suit and pass this bill before Congress adjourns." (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Ed Whitfield supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Kentucky Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "h) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Ed Whitfield. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Kentucky Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Ed Whitfield. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Kentucky Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Ed Whitfield. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Ed Whitfield voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Ed Whitfield supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Ed Whitfield voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Ed Whitfield voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Ed Whitfield supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Ed Whitfield a rating of 33 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Ed Whitfield voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Ed Whitfield supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Ed Whitfield voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Ed Whitfield voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Ed Whitfield voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Ed Whitfield voted Yea on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Ed Whitfield voted Nay on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Ed Whitfield voted Nay on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Ed Whitfield voted Nay on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Ed Whitfield voted Nay on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Ed Whitfield voted Yea on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Ed Whitfield voted Nay on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Ed Whitfield voted Nay on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ed Whitfield. Issue Position: Tax Relief. 26 September 2011. "Rep. Whitfield will work to reduce taxes on working families so that they may invest more of their hard-earned money in their own futures based on their needs and goals. Further, Rep. Whitfield pledges targeted tax relief to enhance economic growth and the creation of new, high-paying jobs. Rep. Whitfield continues to support eliminating the marriage penalty, the death tax on farms and small businesses and the tax on Social Security benefits. Rep. Whitfield voted in support of extending the "Bush Tax Cuts" which prevented taxes from rising for all American taxpayers on January 1, 2011." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Kentucky Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "6) Do you support requiring a super-majority vote in both houses of Congress to raise taxes?"
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Ed Whitfield supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Ed Whitfield supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 80 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Ed Whitfield supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 78 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Ed Whitfield voted Yea on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. HR 2488. 106th Congress. Financial Freedom Act of 1999. Ed Whitfield voted Yea on 08/05/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. Reforming Our Tax System. 15 October 2010. "Most people believe that the United States needs to reform its tax code. The current system is overly-complicated, burdensome and outdated. It unfairly hits many Americans harder than others and creates loopholes which exempt certain groups. Worst still, our tax system has proven to be a hindrance to economic growth and job creation in many instances [¦] The AMT is another tax which needs to be repealed to shield millions of middle-income Americans from a substantial tax increase in January. Current law protects approximately 15 million Americans from having to pay the AMT. However, this provision is set to expire in January which will subject 28 million Americans to the tax. Congress can fix this by repealing the AMT. Many experts believe one way we could simplify our tax code is by replacing our current tax system with a simple, straightforward sales tax. The Fair Tax Act, which has been in five successive Congresses, is an example of a bill that could do that. The bill abolishes all federal personal and corporate income taxes, gift, estate, capital gains, alternative minimum, Social Security, Medicare, and self-employment taxes and replaces them with one simple, visible, federal retail sales tax. This would allow workers to keep their entire paychecks and retirees to keep their entire pensions." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. Unemployment Drops, Economy Remains Strong. 3 November 2006. "Republican tax policies have helped fuel this growth. Since 2003, Republicans have reduced taxes each and every year for American families. We've enacted reductions in the personal income tax, provided marriage penalty relief, cut taxes on capital gains, and voted to eliminate the death tax once and for all. These tax cuts are allowing Americans to keep more of their hard-earned money instead of handing it over to the government." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, _____, pledge to the taxpayers of the (____ district of the) state of ______ and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (atr.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. Issue Position: Economy. 26 September 2011. "Since coming to Congress in 1995, I have been committed to reducing the heavy burden of taxation on our nation's families and businesses. For this reason, I supported the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Act of 2001, which reduced federal income tax rates for all Americans. In addition, I supported the Jobs and Growth Tax Act of 2003 which lowered the taxes individuals pay on stock dividends and capital gains. [¦] I supported the Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act that prevents several current-law tax provisions from expiring this year. These provisions affected a large portion of taxpayers, including small businesses and middle-income families. The focus of this legislation is the extension of relief from the alternative minimum tax (AMT) ensuring 15 million taxpayers will now be protected from paying the AMT. It also provides a two-year extension of reduced capital gains and dividend rates through 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. National Manufacturing Strategy Act of 2010. 28 July 2010. "One issue that we certainly need to look at, in my view, is the American tax policy. It is my understanding that the United States has the second-highest corporate tax rate in the developed world and will soon move into the No. 1 slot because Japan, evidently, is getting ready to drop its corporate income tax rate." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ed Whitfield. Whitfield: 'Wasteful Washington Spending Not the Stimulus We Need'. 13 February 2009. "I know Kentuckians are hurting. Family budgets are getting tighter and tighter, workers live in fear of losing their jobs, and Americans have become disheartened with the way our country continues to do business. However, hastily considered legislation full of wasteful Washington spending but short on meaningful tax cuts is not the answer to our problems. Congress needs to go back to the drawing board and craft a stimulus package which incorporates the very best ideas from both sides of the aisle without burying future generations under a mountain of debt [¦] While I am disappointed in this final version of the stimulus package, I join all Americans in hoping that it will help get our economy back on track. Our country faces a serious situation, and it is my sincere hope that President Obama and the Congress will be able to work together in a bipartisan manner to improve our economy and get Americans back to work." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. Issue Position: National Debt. 26 September 2011. "As many Kentuckians know, the U.S. currently faces the largest federal debt in our nation's history. This kind of debt poses serious threats to our economy, national security and our place as the world leader. While this will involve making some tough choices, I believe the federal government must scale back its spending across the board, adopt Pay-As-You-Go rules that cannot be waived and adopt a two-year budget cycle. I voted against the $700 billion Wall Street Bailout, the $787 billion stimulus bill, the $300 billion takeover of the mortgage industry and other wasteful Washington spending passed through the House of Representatives." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. Whitfield Opposes "No Jobs" Jobs Bill. 4 March 2010. "A little over a year ago, Congress passed a $787 billion "stimulus" bill with the goal of getting our economy back on track and putting Americans back to work. Since that time, unemployment has soared to 10.7% in my home state of Kentucky and the national debt has ballooned to a record high of $12.5 trillion. It is crystal clear that we simply cannot spend our way out of this recession." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. Whitfield Statement on 2nd Taxpayer Funded Bailout Bill. 3 October 2008. "As the people of the First Congressional District continue to face tough economic times, I remain committed to doing everything I can to get our economy back on track and promote job growth in our area. However, I fear the bailout package passed today is nothing more than a wrong response to a complicated problem, paid for by American taxpayers." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. Whitfield Votes Against Non-Stimulus, "Stimulus Bill". 28 January 2009. "When Congress approves this much spending without adequate deliberation, we risk wasting hard earned taxpayer money and render proper oversight nearly impossible - as was demonstrated by the careless manner in which the bank bailout funds were spent. Before enacting the largest spending bill in our nation's history, we need to carefully examine all of our options and put together a plan that will keep Americans working, create new jobs and provide long-term incentives for businesses to grow. I fear the legislation passed today would fail to accomplish this goal and, instead, needlessly saddle future generations with enormous debt for spending that has little to do with creating or saving jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Ed Whitfield a rating of 68 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Ed Whitfield supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Ed Whitfield voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Ed Whitfield voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. Issue Position: Economy. 26 September 2011. "During the past few months there has been a lot of talk about recession and the loss of jobs. Congress responded by crafting the Economic Stimulus package, which is an attempt to put more money back into the hands of American consumers, thus stimulating the economy. The goal of this package was to create jobs, make it easier for families to buy a home and give most taxpayers in Kentucky a sizeable rebate check of their own tax dollars. There are important things government can do to help. There also are limits to what government ought to do. I don't think government should bail out bad decisions, whether made by individuals or large companies -- that wouldn't be fair to those who have more carefully managed their own resources. Yet, when the health of our whole economy is impacted by the failures of some, decisions on whether and where to intervene become more complicated. As a general rule, I think we ought to avoid government bailouts." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. Whitfield Statement on President Barack Obama's Address to Congress. 25 February 2009. "While I do not believe the economic stimulus package recently signed into law was the best solution for getting our economy back on track, I hope that it will help put Americans back to work. Following the President's call for bipartisanship, I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress to pursue policies which will put more money in the pockets of Kentuckians, help our nation's businesses grow and expand and turn our economy around." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ed Whitfield. Issue Position: Education. 26 September 2011. "Local school officials, not Washington bureaucrats, should make decisions regarding the particular educational needs of the community. I have supported reforms enacted by Congress which provide states and local school districts with flexibility in the use of funding under federal education grant programs. [¦] We need to continue to improve public education by providing states and local school districts with the tools they need to enhance the educational achievements of our children. That is why I have consistently supported legislation to increase federal funding for education, including federal funding for various loan and education programs. These include such programs as No Child Left Behind (NCLB), Head Start, TRIO, Pell Grants, the Perkins Program, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program (21st CCLC). These programs play a vital role in providing children and young adults with the education they deserve." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Kentucky Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Give all federal education funding to states in the form of block grants and allow them to spend it as they see fit."
  • Ed Whitfield. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Kentucky Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing in reading and math."
  • Ed Whitfield. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Kentucky Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. c) Education (K-12)" 1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. Other or expanded principles: "Defense -- Slightly Increase"
  • Ed Whitfield. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Kentucky Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. c) Education (K-12)"
  • Ed Whitfield. Issue Position: Education. 26 September 2011. "Rep. Whitfield believes that local school officials, not federal employees at the Department of Education, should make decisions about the educational needs of our Kentucky schools. Rep. Whitfield continues to work to restore local control to local school boards and districts and empower parents to become more involved in their children's education. Beyond elementary and secondary education, Rep. Whitfield also remains committed to making higher education more affordable for all students." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Ed Whitfield voted Yea on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Ed Whitfield supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 30 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. Whitfield Calls to Restrict Greenhouse Gas Regulation Funds. 16 February 2011. "[The Energy Tax Prevention Act] would block EPA's global warming agenda under the Clean Air Act. The bill does not weaken the Clean Air Act, however; it would not affect the Agency's ongoing efforts to restrict smog, soot, lead, mercury and all the other pollutants that have been addressed under the Clean Air Act. It is simply a bill to stop the Agency and bureaucrats from issuing regulations [for greenhouse gases] absent congressional approval." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. Issue Position: Environment and Conservation. 23 September 2011. "It is essential that as we move forward to produce cleaner energy we balance the need for cleaner fuel sources with the need for protecting jobs in the U.S. and keeping our country competitive in the global market place [¦] Last Congress I co-sponsored the Carbon Capture and Storage Early Deployment Act. This bipartisan legislation would establish a $1 billion annual fund, derived from fees on the generation of electricity from coal, oil and natural gas. Grants from the fund would be awarded to large-scale projects advancing the commercial availability of CCS technology. CCS is a method of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by capturing and injecting underground the carbon dioxide emitted from electricity generation plants that use fossil fuels. Legislation such as this is critical to finding ways to utilize energy sources we depend on in a more environmentally friendly manner. I am pleased that this proposal has been incorporated into the climate change legislation currently being debated by Congress." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. Issue Position: Energy. 23 September 2011. "Kentucky has also proven itself to be a leader in the development and use of hydropower, biodiesel and ethanol. [...] President Obama, Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Reid have tried to enact sweeping climate change legislation which would have a devastating impact on Kentucky's energy sector. I opposed this proposal because it will not only be a giant blow to the Commonwealth's coal industry, which employs thousands of people and generates millions of dollars for local economies, but it will force Kentuckians already reeling from the economic recession to foot the bill through higher energy costs. I will continue to fight against the implementation of a cap and trade system and do all that I can to propel our state into becoming the leader in energy development for our nation." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. Issue Position: Energy. 23 September 2011. "As the Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, Rep. Whitfield continues to advance an 'All of the Above' energy strategy that will employ Kentuckians and address domestic energy demands without unnecessary government regulation that results in higher energy prices, delayed resource exploration or stunted job growth." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. Hearing of the Energy and Power Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee - "Climate Science and EPA's Greenhouse Gas Regulations". 8 March 2011. "In fact, one need not be a skeptic of global warming to be a skeptic of EPA's regulatory agenda. Case in point is EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson who warned about how complex and costly greenhouse gas regulations under the Clean Air Act would be. Of course, that was in 2009 and 2010 when the administration was trying to pass through Congress cap and trade legislation. It is only now that cap and trade is dead that the Administrator has changed her tune and emphasizes how reasonable and workable these rules will be. In addition, Administrator Jackson has conceded that unilateral action by EPA would not make much difference, especially given the fact that China emits more greenhouse gases than the US and its rate of emissions increases has been many times larger than ours in recent years." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Ed Whitfield voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Ed Whitfield voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Ed Whitfield supported the interests of Environment America 40 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Kentucky Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks."
  • Ed Whitfield. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Kentucky Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels."
  • Ed Whitfield. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Kentucky Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "k) Adhere to the United Nations treaty regarding global climate change."
  • Ed Whitfield. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Kentucky Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Impose stricter national air quality standards."
  • Ed Whitfield. Inhofe, Upton, Whitfield Statement on Protecting Jobs by Blocking Harmful GHG Regulatory Tax. 25 January 2011. "It is no secret that we believe the administration's proposed greenhouse gas regulatory regime poses a significant threat to job creation and economic recovery. President Obama has spoken in recent days about a balanced approach to regulation and our nation's energy future. We share a commitment to addressing both issues, which is why, in the coming weeks, we will outline a path forward to permanently eliminate the threat of greenhouse gas regulation through the Clean Air Act. This Congress has no intention of allowing the administration to regulate that which it has been unable to legislate. The cap-and-tax scheme was soundly rejected last year, and the Clean Air Act must not be used as a backdoor route to impose the same costly national energy tax." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. Committee Approves Key Bills to Protect Jobs, Prevent Higher Gas Prices, Stop Reckless Regulation. 15 March 2011. "I am pleased that the Committee voted to send this important piece of legislation to the full House for consideration, and I look forward to working with my colleagues in passing this bill with a strong, bipartisan vote. This bill does not roll back the Clean Air Act in any way. Rather this bill stops EPA from imposing far-reaching and costly regulations without regard for their impact on the economy and jobs. Any decision of this magnitude deserves consideration by elected members of Congress and must not be ceded to unelected executive branch staff. This bill will help to preserve jobs and protect our ability to remain competitive in a global economy." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ed Whitfield. Newsletter: Whitfield Stands with Responsible Gun Owners. 22 November 2011. "Last week, I was proud to stand with the countless number of responsible gun owners across Kentucky in support of H.R. 822, the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act. [¦] I support Americans' Constitutionally-protected right to keep and bear arms and I think it only makes sense that if you are licensed to carry a gun in one state, that license should allow you to temporarily carry a gun in another state that licenses guns. This legislation will allow law-abiding citizens to carry a gun across state lines without interfering with states' rights. The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration." (whitfield.congressnewsletter.net)
  • Ed Whitfield. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Kentucky Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens."
  • Ed Whitfield. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Kentucky Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Increase federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Ed Whitfield. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Kentucky Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Ed Whitfield. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Kentucky Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Ed Whitfield. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Kentucky Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms."
  • Ed Whitfield. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Kentucky Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Ed Whitfield supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 10 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Ed Whitfield a grade of 91." (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Ed Whitfield in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Ed Whitfield voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Ed Whitfield voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Ed Whitfield voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Ed Whitfield voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. Ed Whitfield voted Yea on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. Issue Position: Second Amendment. 23 September 2011. "Rep. Whitfield strongly supports Americans' Constitutionally-protected right to keep and bear arms and has consistently opposed efforts to restrict rights guaranteed under the Second Amendment. Rep. Whitfield firmly believes the ability of decent, hard-working Americans to own a firearm - whether for sport or protection - must never be compromised. Only a government that does not trust its citizens would refuse them the right to bear arms. Rep. Whitfield has continually supported legislation to protect Americans' Second Amendment rights, including legislation which would restore Second Amendment rights in the District of Columbia; national right to carry reciprocity legislation; and legislation which would reform and modernize the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE). Sportsmen, hunters, gun enthusiasts and citizens concerned for their personal safety have a right to own guns for these legitimate purposes, and Rep. Whitfield is committed to maintaining these rights for the residents of the First Congressional District." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ed Whitfield. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Ed Whitfield voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. Whitfield Votes to Repeal Funds Authorized in Obamacare. 13 April 2011. "Today, the House took yet another step toward repealing this new health care law by defunding a portion of the program that gave the Secretary of Health and Human Services complete authority and discretion on how to spend nearly $18 billion, without any further oversight. With federal spending and borrowing increasing, Congress must not cede its oversight role of taxpayer dollars. I look forward to continue working on repealing this bill and replacing it with measures that are truly bipartisan such as allowing individuals to buy insurance across state lines and meaningful medical liability reform." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. Whitfield Votes to Repeal Individual Mandate in Healthcare Bill. 16 June 2010. "Despite fierce backlash in Kentucky and across the country to the recently enacted healthcare law, Speaker Pelosi and her leadership team in the House have rejected an opportunity to fix a part of this controversial law. The requirement that all Americans purchase health insurance goes against our Constitution and will only make tough economic times worse for many families struggling to get by. Repealing this provision is an important first step to redirecting this misguided healthcare reform law." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. Whitfield Votes to Repeal Obama Health Care Law. 19 January 2011. "We must repeal this health care bill that was forced through the last Congress and has resulted in onerous burdens upon America's small businesses and has added layers of federal mandates, expanded government and actually raised health care costs. Everyone agrees that our health care system needs to be reformed and that all Americans should have access to high quality, affordable health care coverage. But what was signed into law by the President is not the solution. We need solutions that are truly bipartisan such as incentives to bring highly qualified physicians and nurses to rural areas, allowing for the purchase of health insurance across state lines and medical lawsuit liability reform. I look forward to working with my colleagues in this new Congress to examine reforms that can truly lower health care costs and improve access to patient care across the country." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. Issue Position: Health Care. 26 September 2011. "Rep. Whitfield is especially focused on reforming our nation's health care system to ensure all Americans have access to the care they need at a price they can afford. Rep. Whitfield believes, however, that the newly enacted Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, (PPACA) sometimes referred to as "Obamacare", is simply not the way to reform health care. PPACA was crafted behind closed doors without Republican input and did not take into account the opinion of the majority of the American public. The goal of health care reform was to lower cost and increase access--PPACA does the exact opposite. The law slashes Medicare by over $500 billion, imposes a $500 billion tax hike on Americans, increases the cost of health care, and kills jobs. Its enormous cost will add substantially to our national deficit, and its mandates for employers will only thwart our economic recovery. In the current session of Congress, Rep. Whitfield has voted to repeal the law and also voted to prevent funding for its implementation." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Kentucky Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • Ed Whitfield. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Kentucky Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Ed Whitfield supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. Issue Position: Healthcare. 26 September 2011. "This year, Congress passed President Obama's controversial healthcare reform legislation. I opposed this new law for a number of reasons and support repealing many of its provisions. My main concerns about this legislation were over the impact the bill will have on the quality and cost of care Kentuckians receive; how it will affect small businesses owners already hard-hit in the midst of the economic recession; the impact this package will have on the national debt; the cuts to Medicare services; and the negative impact it will have on consumer choice. As a Member of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, I worked hard to make improvements to the bill as it made its way through Congress and introduced "10 Steps to a Healthier America," a package of proposals which would have increased access to quality healthcare and services while lowering costs for all Americans. Moving forward, I have co-sponsored legislation to repeal the healthcare law and am working to find ways to improve the new policy." (votesmart.org)

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  • Ed Whitfield. Issue Position: Homeland Security. 23 September 2011. "Like most Kentuckians, I am opposed to granting amnesty to persons who have entered our nation illegally. Amnesty not only forces the costs of illegal immigration on the American people, but also punishes those who play by the rules and achieve U.S. residency legally." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. Securing Our Borders and Combating Illegal Immigration. 16 August 2010. "I have long been a supporter of immigration reform and am a cosponsor of the SAVE Act, which is a common sense plan to drastically curb illegal immigration in America by emphasizing border security, employer verification and interior enforcement. The time is long past for the federal government to start cracking down on illegal immigration by enforcing our own national policies and moving forward with reform. However, in the meantime, we must support states' rights to enact their own laws which will help close our borders and ensure lawful entry into this country." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. Whitfield Calls for Crackdown on Illegal Immigration. 21 July 2010. "Illegal immigration is one of the greatest challenges currently facing our nation. When the federal government fails to enact and enforce policies which will help stop illegal immigrants from entering the country, states must have the ability to find their own solutions. It is time for the federal government to step up to the plate and start cracking down on illegal immigration by enforcing our own national policies and moving forward with reform." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. Whitfield Opposes Giving Benefits to Illegal Immigrants. 8 December 2010. "I remain opposed to this bill and do not support amnesty or any other rewards that compensate individuals who have broken our laws. This bill would also add billions to our deficit that taxpayers simply cannot afford. I believe that this country must enforce our current immigration laws and also update them to address the evolving threats to our nation's borders, security, and economy. We must not reward those who have broken our immigration laws." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Kentucky Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive U.S. citizenship."
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Ed Whitfield in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Ed Whitfield in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Ed Whitfield supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Ed Whitfield supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Ed Whitfield voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Ed Whitfield voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. Issue Position: Immigration. 23 September 2011. "I am committed to cracking down on illegal immigration and securing our borders. This is a national problem that must be addressed on a federal level. The U.S. needs to not only better enforce its current immigration laws, but update them to address the ever-changing threats to the nation's borders, security and economy. I have long been a supporter of immigration reform and am a cosponsor of the SAVE Act, which is a common sense plan to drastically curb illegal immigration in America by emphasizing border security, employer verification and interior enforcement. I also support states' rights to pass their own laws in order to deal with the immigration crisis." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. Letter to President Obama. 19 September 2011. "Members of the bipartisan Immigration Reform Caucus along with member of the House vehemently oppose your August 18 2011 announcement to bypass Congress and use prosecutorial discretion to achieve amnesty to individuals who are illegally residing in the US [¦] Also, this policy has the added affect of further encouraging illegal immigration. Frankly put, if we don't take our own laws seriously enough to enforce, why should we expect anyone to follow them? This policy will introduce a new wave a illegal immigrants emboldened with the knowledge that not only is it okay to break the law, but they will likely be rewarded for it with de facto amnesty statues, thereby exacerbating an already vicious cycle we as a nation try been trying to address for over two decades. This attempt to satisfy the narrow interests for the pro-amnesty lobby has ultimately earned the distrust of the greater American public. Our fear is that this policy will irreparably harm the prospects of true immigration reform for many years to come. Mr President, our request is simple: enforce our immigration laws evenly without passion, prejudice or preference." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. Letter to the Editor. 25 June 2007. "Currently, there are an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in the United States. With that number continuing to increase day after day, it is imperative that Congress acts to create fundamental reforms to our current immigration policy. Like most Kentuckians, I am opposed to granting amnesty to persons who have entered our nation illegally. Amnesty not only forces the costs of illegal immigration on the American people, but also punishes those who play by the rules and achieve U.S. residency legally." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. Letter to President Obama. 9 September 2011. "Members of the bipartisan Immigration Reform Caucus along with member of the House vehemently oppose your August 18 2011 announcement to bypass Congress and use prosecutorial discretion to achieve amnesty to individuals who are illegally residing in the US. The manner with which your administration has introduced this policy not only robs the public of a thorough betting, but it also fails to appreciate the negative consequences of this policy shift...Also, this policy has the added affect of further encouraging illegal immigration. Frankly put, if we don't take our own laws seriously enough to enforce, why should we expect anyone to follow them? This policy will introduce a new wave a illegal immigrants emboldened with the knowledge that not only is it okay to break the law, but they will likely be rewarded for it with de facto amnesty statues, thereby exacerbating an already vicious cycle we as a nation try been trying to address for over two decades.This attempt to satisfy the narrow interests for the pro-amnesty lobby has ultimately earned the distrust of the greater American public. Our fear is that this policy will irreparably harm the prospects of true immigration reform for many years to come. Mr President, our request is simple: enforce our immigration laws evenly without passion, prejudice or preference." (votesmart.org)

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  • Ed Whitfield. Whitfield Votes to Protect Marriage. 18 July 2006. "Passing this amendment [Marriage Protection Act] was never expected to be an easy task. Unfortunately, it is much more difficult to amend the Constitution through the democratic process than through the decision of a panel of unelected judges. This is amendment is worth fighting for, and I will continue to work with my colleagues to protect the sanctity of marriage at the federal level." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Ed Whitfield voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Ed Whitfield voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Ed Whitfield voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. Issue Position: Family Values. 23 September 2011. "During my time in office, I have consistently supported legislation to reaffirm traditional values important to many families in Kentucky's First District [¦] I am also opposed to same-sex marriage and oppose the efforts of unelected judges to force this issue upon the American people without their consent." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Ed Whitfield supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 85 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Ed Whitfield supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 14 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Ed Whitfield supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Ed Whitfield supported the interests of the American Family Association 94 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Ed Whitfield supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)

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  • Ed Whitfield. Issue Position: Homeland Security. 26 September 2011. "Despite making tremendous progress in our battle against terrorism and extremism, including the death of terrorist mastermind Osama Bin Laden at the hands of U.S. intelligence, we must still remain vigilant against those who wish to infiltrate our borders and do us harm. In addition to terrorism, our nation must also maintain the tools it needs to face those threats that originate closer to home, such as illegal immigration and violence resulting from drug trafficking. Rep. Whitfield continues to remain focused on making sure our communities are given the resources they need to meet whatever challenges they may face." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. Whitfield Applauds FISA Bill to Strengthen National Security and Protect Americans' Civil Liberties. 20 June 2008. "'Modernizing our terrorist surveillance laws is critical to protecting our national security and keeping Americans safe both at home and abroad,' Whitfield said. 'The bipartisan legislation the House passed today will give our nation's intelligence officers the tools and authority they need to monitor terrorists while upholding the sacred civil liberties of all Americans.' Whitfield voted for and the House passed, H.R. 6304, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 Amendments Act of 2008. This bill closes a terrorist loophole in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) that requires American intelligence officers to obtain a warrant before intercepting terrorist communications abroad. (whitfield.house.gov)
  • Ed Whitfield. Whitfield's Congressional Survey Results Released. 26 September 2007. "Over the next few months, Congress will be working to resolve many of the problems Kentuckians are concerned with: rising gasoline prices, securing our borders, improving education, providing safety and security against the threat of global terrorism and ensuring seniors have the benefits necessary to provide for their needs. As a Representative to Congress, it is important for me to understand my constituents' views on these critical issues, as well as any other issues that come to surface throughout the year." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. Whitfield Statement on Afghanistan. 2 December 2009. "I am concerned that President Obama would set a withdrawal date for U.S. troops in Afghanistan, which could seem to give our enemies a strategic advantage. While I will continue to review President Obama's strategy, I join all Americans in hoping it can successfully thwart terrorism and bring stability to the Middle East while bringing our troops home safely as soon as possible." (votesmart.org)

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  • Ed Whitfield. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Kentucky Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which are managed by the government." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security. Other or expanded principles: "Remove salary limit so senior citizens can earn more money without decreasing their social security benefit"
  • Ed Whitfield. Issue Position: Social Security. 26 September 2011. "There have been many bipartisan proposals suggesting different options to maintain the solvency of the Social Security program. Some contemplated gradually raising the retirement age while others suggested another tax increase on working families. Some advocated restructuring benefits through a means test in order to reduce the benefits paid to middle and upper income seniors. What is beyond doubt is that current and future workers paying into the system will not be able to support the rapidly increasing pool of retirees. Structural changes must eventually be implemented if we are to protect existing retirement benefits and provide for future generations." (votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Ed Whitfield supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 50 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Ed Whitfield. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Kentucky Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security. Other or expanded principles: "Remove salary limit so senior citizens can earn more money without decreasing their social security benefit"

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Congressional Election 1998 National Political Awareness Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.

a) Abortions should always be legally available.
b) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
Xc) Abortions should be legal only when the pregnancy resulted from incest, rape, or when the life of the woman is endangered.
d) Abortions should be legal only when the life of the woman is endangered.
e) Abortions should always be illegal.
Xf) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and notification requirements as decided by each state government.
Xg) Prohibit the late-term abortion procedure known as "partial-birth" abortion.
Xh) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
i) Other

1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only.

Slightly Decreasea) AIDS programs
Slightly Decreaseb) Arts funding
Slightly Increasec) Education (K-12)
Maintain Statusd) Environmental programs
Slightly Decreasee) Foreign aid
Maintain Statusf) Housing projects
Slightly Increaseg) Job training programs
Slightly Increaseh) Law enforcement
Maintain Statusi) Medicaid
Maintain Statusj) Medicare
Maintain Statusk) NASA
Slightly Increasel) Student loan programs
Slightly Decreasem) Welfare
n) Other

Defense -- Slightly Increase

o) Other
p) Other

2) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following defense-related categories. Select one number (level) only.

Greatly Increasea) Armed Forces personnel training
Maintain Statusb) CIA appropriations
Slightly Decreasec) Defense plant conversion
Slightly Decreased) Development of new weapons
Maintain Statuse) Military hardware
Maintain Statusf) Military space shuttle missions
Slightly Increaseg) National Missile Defense Program
Greatly Increaseh) Pay for active duty personnel
i) Other
Yes3) Do you support amending the U.S. Constitution to require an annual balanced federal budget?

4) Indicate how you would apply the expected federal budget surplus.

Xa) Social Security
b) Medicare
Xc) Tax cuts
Xd) Federal debt reduction
e) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance reform.

a) Remove all legislative limits on campaign financing.
b) Establish spending limits on congressional campaigns.
c) Provide public funding for federal candidates who comply with campaign spending limits.
d) Support legislation that would increase the federal limits on individual contributions.
Xe) Strengthen and enforce legislation that encourages full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information.
f) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
g) Provide free or low-cost television advertising to candidates who agree to voluntary campaign spending limits.
h) Ban the unregulated campaign contributions known as soft money.
i) Pass legislation banning issue advocacy commercials by outside groups within 60 days of an election.
Xj) Prohibit non-U.S. citizens from making contributions to federal campaigns.
k) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.

Xa) Broaden use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
b) Increase spending to build more federal prisons.
Xc) Impose "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve full sentences with no chance of parole.
d) Fund programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xe) Expand funding for community policing programs.
f) Increase penalties for the possession of any illegal firearms.
Xg) Prosecute youths accused of a felony as adults.
Xh) Increase funding for local Boys & Girls Clubs and other independent organizations in communities with at-risk youth.
i) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
Xj) Deport all permanent resident aliens convicted of a felony.
k) Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning illegal drugs.

Xa) Increase penalties for selling illegal drugs.
Xb) Impose mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
Xc) Impose capital punishment for convicted international drug traffickers.
d) Strengthen current laws dealing with non-controlled substances, including inhalants and commercially available pills.
e) Increase funding of federally-sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
f) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
g) Increase funding for border security to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the U.S.
h) Other

1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the economy and employment.

Xa) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment.
Xb) Increase funding for national job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
Xc) Reduce government regulations on the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xd) Establish empowerment zones in areas with large numbers of unemployed people.
e) Eliminate any federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
f) Increase the minimum wage.
g) Pass legislation that encourages employers to offer their employees the options of flex-time scheduling, comp-time and unpaid leave to attend to their family responsibilities.
Xh) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide on-site child care.

2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding affirmative action and discrimination.

a) The federal government should consider race and sex in making government contracting decisions.
Xb) The federal government should continue affirmative action programs only if such programs do not include quotas.
c) The federal government should discontinue affirmative action programs.
Xd) The federal government should prosecute cases of discrimination in the public sector.
e) The federal government should prosecute cases of discrimination in the private sector.
f) The federal government should include sexual orientation in its anti-discrimination laws.
g) Other

1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning education.

a) Support national standards and testing in reading and math.
b) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any publicly funded school.
Xc) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any participating school: public, private or religious.
d) Allow parents to use tax-free savings accounts to send their children to any publicly funded school.
Xe) Allow parents to use tax-free savings accounts to send their children to any participating school: public, private or religious.
f) Support creation of more charter schools where teachers and professionals receive authorization and funding to establish new schools.
Xg) Give all federal education funding to states in the form of block grants and allow them to spend it as they see fit.
Xh) Support voluntary teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
i) Increase funding for block grants to states to help them hire additional teachers.
j) Other
Yes2) Do you support amending the U.S. Constitution to guarantee the right to religious expression and voluntary prayer in public places, including schools?

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources.

Xa) Require the state to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses on privately owned land.
b) Strengthen the Clean Water Act.
c) Change the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to limit the number of habitats eligible to be designated as endangered.
d) Increase fees charged to ranchers who graze cattle on federal lands.
e) Revise the 1872 mining law to increase the fees charged to mining companies using federal lands.
Xf) Encourage development of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.
g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks.
h) Increase federal taxes on gasoline and diesel fuels to promote conservation and alternative fuel development.
Xi) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels.
j) Impose stricter national air quality standards.
k) Adhere to the United Nations treaty regarding global climate change.
Xl) Strengthen the restrictions on clear-cutting on federal lands.
m) Other

Indicate which level of government that should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only.

Federala) Border security
Federalb) Civil rights enforcement
c) Education
d) Environmental cleanup
Federale) Job training
Localf) Law enforcement
g) Low-income housing
Stateh) Medicaid
i) Medicare
j) Transportation infrastructure (highways, roads, bridges)
Statek) Welfare
l) Other

1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Bosnia/former Yugoslavia.

a) The U.S. should lift the arms embargo against Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Xb) The U.S. should maintain a military presence in Bosnia-Herzegovina with a certain deadline for withdrawal.
c) The U.S. should maintain a military presence in Bosnia-Herzegovina without a certain deadline for withdrawal.
d) Other

2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the Middle East.

a) The U.S. should resolve future disputes with Iraq through diplomatic means.
b) The U.S. should take unilateral military action if Iraq does not comply with all accepted UN resolutions.
Xc) The U.S. should take military action against Iraq only as part of an international effort.
d) The U.S. should not continue to play a prominent leadership role in the peace process between Israel and Palestine.
e) Other

3) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the United States-United Nations relationship.

a) The U.S. should contribute more funding and troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions.
Xb) The U.S. should contribute less funding and troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions.
Xc) The U.S. should participate in UN peacekeeping missions only when vital U.S. interests are involved.
d) The U.S. should not commit military troops to UN peacekeeping missions.
e) The U.S. should withdraw from the UN completely.
f) The U.S. should pay its debt to the United Nations.
g) Other
Yes4) Should the U.S. have diplomatic and trade relations with Cuba?
No5) Should the U.S. recognize and extend full diplomatic relations to Taiwan?

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.

a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
b) Increase federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
c) Maintain federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
Xd) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
e) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens.
Xf) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms.
Xg) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks with firearms.
h) Other

1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues in America.

a) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care.
b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income.
c) Implement a government-financed, single-payer national health care system similar to that of Canada.
d) Support health care strategies focused on prevention, including health education and natural medicines and remedies.
Xe) Support legislation to define and enforce the rights of insured patients, including greater access to specialists and emergency rooms, wider choice of health care providers, and appeal mechanisms when claims are denied.
Xf) Allow small business owners, the self-employed and workers whose employers do not provide health insurance to have the same deductibility for health costs as corporations and large employers.
Xg) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts, which would be taxed if used for any purpose other than medical costs.
h) Establish limits on the amount of damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
i) Allow states and local communities to use federal funds for needle-exchange programs to combat the spread of HIV.
j) Classify nicotine as a drug and cigarettes as drug delivery devices, which should be regulated by the Federal Food and Drug Administration.
k) Provide citizens age 55-65 the option of purchasing Medicare health coverage.
Other

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.

Xa) Decrease the number of immigrants allowed into the country.
b) Increase the eligibility of legal immigrants for certain social programs (i.e. HUD housing, food stamps).
c) Require the Immigration and Naturalization Service to reduce to six months the time between applying for citizenship and taking the oath of allegiance.
d) Provide extra federal aid to states with higher numbers of immigrants for necessary medical and social services.
e) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children.
Xf) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive U.S. citizenship.
g) Increase the immigration quota for computer scientists and other information technology workers.
Xh) Establish English as the official and recognized language of the United States government.
i) Other
The American people have consistently mentioned the decline of morals and ethics in America as a major problem facing the country. On an attached page, in fifty words or less, explain what you will do as a member of Congress to address this concern.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security.

Xa) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage.
Xb) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which are managed by the government.
c) Invest Social Security's assets collectively in stocks and bonds instead of U.S. Treasury securities.
d) Increase the payroll tax to finance the program in its current form.
Xe) Invest a portion of the budget surplus into the Social Security trust fund.
f) Increase the minimum age that determines when retirees are able to receive full Social Security benefits.
g) Lower Social Security's annual cost-of-living increases.
h) Limit Social Security benefits based on recipients' other income and assets.
i) Require individuals to pay the Social Security tax on income above $68,400, which is currently exempt.
Xj) Other

Remove salary limit so senior citizens can earn more money without decreasing their social security benefit

1) Indicate the levels you support concerning taxes in the following categories. Select one number (level) only.

Income Taxes:

Maintain Statusa) Retiree income over $40,000
Greatly Decreaseb) Family income less than $25,000
Slightly Decreasec) Family income $25-75,000
Slightly Decreased) Family income $75-150,000
Slightly Decreasee) Family income over $150,000

Other Tax Issues:

Maintain Statusf) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Decreaseg) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increaseh) Charitable deductions
Slightly Increasei) Child tax credit
Maintain Statusj) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusk) Corporate income taxes
Maintain Statusl) Earned Income Tax Credit
Greatly Decreasem) Estate taxes
Slightly Increasen) Medical expense deductions
Maintain Statuso) Mortgage deductions
p) Other
q) Other
Undecided2) Do you support replacing the U.S. income tax structure with a flat income tax?
Undecided3) Do you support eliminating the Internal Revenue Service?
Undecided4) Do you support instituting a national sales tax?
Yes5) Should a married couple filing jointly pay the same taxes as if they were an unmarried couple filing separately?
Yes6) Do you support requiring a super-majority vote in both houses of Congress to raise taxes?
7) Other
No1) Do you support amending the Constitution to limit the number of terms which members of Congress can serve?

If you support term limits, how many terms should each serve?

Senator (# of 6 yr. terms)
Representatives (# of 2 yr. terms)

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No1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
No2) Do you support broadening NAFTA to include other countries in the western hemisphere?
Yes3) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
Undecided4) Do you support the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
Yes5) Do you support imposing tariffs on products imported from nations that maintain restrictive trade barriers on American products?
Yes6) Should a nation's human rights record affect its "most favored nation" trading status with the United States?
Undecided7) Do you support granting the President "fast-track" authority?

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding poverty and the welfare system.

Xa) Provide tax incentives for companies to hire and train homeless people who want to work.
b) Increase funding of homeless shelters and low income housing projects.
Xc) Increase funds for housing assistance for welfare recipients who need housing to get or keep a job.
d) Provide homeless families with apartment vouchers they can use to supplement the cost of an apartment.
e) Continue to give states and local governments responsibility for welfare programs through block grants.
f) Eliminate federal funds for welfare programs at the federal, state or local levels.
Xg) Maintain current welfare-to-work requirements in order for states to qualify for block grants.
h) Convert government-funded low-income housing projects into private housing, managed and owned by the residents.
Xi) Require that unwed teenage mothers live with a parent or guardian (if possible) and attend school to receive benefits.
j) Other
Please explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these priorities.

Since 1994, the Republican Congress has made significant progress in restoring financial discipline to the Federal government. We will have a budget surplus between $43-$63 billion in FY 1998 for the first time in twenty-nine years. We gave the taxpayers a tax reduction for the first time in sixteen years. My legislative priority is to begin to pay down this nation's $5.4 trillion debt and to preserve and strengthen Social Security and Medicare. As we continue to have budget surpluses we will be able to solve more of our nation's problems.